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Meet & Greet

The Council are holding a ‘Meet & Greet morning at Green Hill on Saturday, 10th July from 10am – noon.

Residents are invited to meet their Councillors who will answer any questions and take suggestions on local issues. The Council are particularly interested in hearing resident’s views on the management of the churchyard.

For any residents not able to attend the Meet & Greet, the Council would like to know your views on the management of the Churchyard – Management of St Andrews Churchyard Survey

Temporary Traffic Notice

Temporary Traffic Notice

Thank You Day

Sunday, 4th July, the Council and Wellmoor would like to thank all of Moreton’s volunteers, whether you signed up to help your community during the Coronavirus lockdown in 2020/21, or whether you worked as a volunteer for another local organisation during this period – we would like to acknowledge all of our town’s wonderful volunteers and thank you for your generosity of spirit.

We will be handing out a free takeaway cream tea as a small token of our appreciation. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!

Local Plan Review

The local plan guides future development in the National Park and is the starting point when Dartmoor National Park make decisions on planning applications. A lot has changed since they adopted the current local plan and DNP are going through the process of reviewing it. Visit the Examination page for more information on the ongoing Examination.

Proposed Modifications Consultation

After undertaking a series of consultations and revisions, the Local Plan is currently at examination. This is the final stage before DNP adopt the Plan. The purpose of the examination is to consider whether the Local Plan meets legal requirements and is ‘sound’. DNP are currently consulting on modifications that the Inspector has determined are necessary to make the plan sound. At this stage comments are invited only on the proposed modifications and the soundness of the Plan following those modifications. Comments on areas of the Plan not being modified can not be considered.

The consultation will run from 7th June 2021 until 19th July 2021. The deadline to submit any comments is 17:00 on Monday 19th July.

For more information and to comment on the plan visit Local Plan Review | Dartmoor

2nd Round Grant Applications

The Parish Council allocate grants twice a year to local organisations based in the Parish and which provide economic, social or cultural well-being of the community of Moretonhampstead.

Return completed application forms to

Please read the Grant Awarding Policy before applying.


We are authorised by Teignbridge District Council to co-opt a person to fill a casual vacancy.

The deadline to apply is 30th June 2021.  Please write or email expressing your interest to Sam Parkin, Clerk, Moretonhampstead Parish Council, Green Hill, Fore Street, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8LL  Applicants will be considered at the full Council meeting on 6th July 2021.

If you would like to know more about being a Councillor, the level of commitment and Council activities please contact the Clerk, Sam, who will be happy to answer your questions.


Any person wishing to be considered to act as a Parish Councillor must be qualified to hold office. Sections 79-81 of the Local Government Act 1972 contain the relevant provisions regarding the qualification of candidates, as follows:

To qualify as a candidate and to continue to hold the office of Parish Councillor a person must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Member State of the European Union and, on the relevant day, must have attained the age of eighteen years.

In addition, the candidate must qualify under at least one of the following conditions:–

  • on that day and thereafter s/he continues to be registered as a local government elector for the parish (meaning the whole area of the parish);
  • during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish;
  • during the 12 months preceding their principal or only place of work has been in the parish; or
  • during the whole of the 12 months preceding s/he has been resident in the parish or within 4.8 kilometers of it (of its parish boundary).

3 June 2021

New Information Board on the Wray Valley Trail

The Council were concerned that when trail users reached the end of the Wray Valley Trail it wasn’t clear where the town centre was or what facilities the town has. It was agreed in October 2020 to apply for a grant from the County Councillors locality budget and proceed with the planning application for the signs. The Council were successful in both their grant and planning applications. SJB Signs made the bespoke signs and installed them on a wet May morning.

The Council look forward to welcoming the visitors from the trail.

Casual Vacancy

Notice is hereby given pursuant to rule 5 of The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England & Wales) Rules 2006, that consequent upon the resignation of Councillor Julian Edwards, a casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish.

If a request for an election to fill the said vacancy signed by ten registered electors of the said Parish is received on or before 19 May 2021 by the Proper Officer of Forde House Brunel Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4XX , an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.

If no such notice is received by the Proper Officer, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council by co-option.

Statement – Death of Prince Philip

Cllr Vivienne Hodges, Chair of Moretonhampstead Parish Council said, “It is with great sadness that I learnt today of the death of Prince Philip.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was an outstanding public servant who gave his life to the service of the Country and also the Commonwealth, and communities across the district will be saddened by this news.

Here in the parish we will be marking his death respectfully in a number of ways and the Union Flag at the War Memorial is already flying at half-mast, and will continue to do so until 8am on the day after the funeral.

During the current public health situation, Books of Condolence will not be available for the public to sign.

Members of the public wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence at

May he rest in peace.”

The Duke of Edinburgh

Green tip of the Month


February 2021


Green Tip of the Month Poster

To reduce our carbon emissions and help to prevent climate change, we need to know what our own carbon footprint is as individuals and households, so that we can see where it would be helpful to modify our behaviour and have the most beneficial effect.

This is a great time to be doing it, so we can all make a few New Year Resolutions to do our bit in reducing emissions.

There are various templates available for doing this which you can find online, but we have come up with a template which is specifically designed for Moreton – giving you calculations for journeys from here etc.

We suggest that you give this one a go – click here to download the Moretonhampstead Carbon Calculator

The Parish Council and the Development Trust are working together on climate change issues, hoping for a more sustainable future for us all.  We welcome any feedback on this and helpful suggestions to make our community fit for a more sustainable future.


PCSO Paul Wilson has asked the Council to share the latest Scam Alert with the community.

Report non-emergency crimes online

Email for non-urgent reports and queries

Police Enquiry Offices

Ask NED online if you’re not sure who to call

Devon and Cornwall Alert – keeping our communities in the know

In an emergency always call 999

Devon’s Carbon Plan

 The Interim Devon Carbon Plan is live and out for public consultation, running until the 15th February.

Posters promoting the plan stated a paper copy of the plan and consultation could be picked up from libraries. Due to recent lockdown restrictions libraries in Devon are closed. Therefore, paper copies cannot be picked up from libraries. Instead we are asking if those who were hoping to get a paper copy could be directed towards this phone number: 0345 155 1015.

Alternatively, email to request a copy.

If you know of any offline friends or family members please do let them know they can still receive a paper copy via post by contacting the above number.

The Climate Change and Ecological working group are working on a response on behalf of the Parish Council. We would encourage residents to view and comment on the plan. The more responses they receive, the better the final plan can represent the wants and needs of the people of Devon.

You can find the plan online here:  


We have compiled some useful information now that we are in lockdown again.

Santa Visits Moretonhampstead

Unfortunately Santa wasn’t able to meet the children in his normal Grotto this year. As a way of thanking the Children of Moreton for giving up so much to keep everyone safe through the pandemic, the Parish Council decided to take Santa to them! Santa’s present run was undertaken from the comfort of a pickup truck, as the run had to travel up several cul-de-sacs and the turning circle of harnessed reindeers was investigated but found to be excessive for Moreton. Santa was assisted with the door to door distribution by mischievous Elves from Headcase Hairdressers and the Coop. Thank you so much to all who volunteered to make this special event happen and thank you to M P Plumbing for sponsoring the Elves thank you gifts!

The Parish Council would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.

Thank you Moretonhampstead

Moretonhampstead Parish Council supported by Dartmoor National Park, determined to mark the outstanding contribution from all our traders, health professionals and voluntary organisations for going above and beyond during the initial lockdown and subsequent (ongoing) pandemic. Plans were initially laid to tie these presentations to the annual Christmas light switch-on and Santa’s arrival in his regular town centre grotto. The pandemic put paid to these plans and so a small gift and a certificate of appreciation was delivered on Friday 4th December. The Co-op, at the heart of the village, has been open through thick and thin and all our shops, hospitality outlets have adapted to serve the community with home deliveries, takeaway services etc . Over 100 volunteers registered at the start of the pandemic to assist the elderly, infirm and those isolating, with shopping, collection of medicines and befriending. All these arrangements and voluntary efforts have allowed the town to adapt successfully to the challenge and achieve a good degree of normality in exceptional circumstances. To distribute the tokens of the community’s esteem, a vintage Bentley, formerly used by David Niven in the original Casino Royale film, was pressed into service. The presentations were made by PC Chair, Vivienne Hodges and supported by the event organiser Parish Clerk Sam Parkin. The Parish Council is very grateful to Mike Rego for taking photographs.

Out of the Box

The exhibition is on the 12th December, 10-4pm at the Telephone Box, Moretonhampstead.

Application form and details for contributions to the exhibition.

Xmas Recycling Information

Adjusted collection dates and recycling over Christmas in Teignbridge.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Poultry and other captive birds

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (PDF, 39.1KB, 6 pages) (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020.

All poultry keepers in England (whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

If you keep poultry (including gamebirds or pet birds) or other captive birds, you must act now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the AIPZ.  Your stock needs to be feed and watered under cover to prevent contamination from wild birds.

Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases such as avian influenza and limiting the spread of disease in an outbreak.

All bird gatherings within the AIPZ are prohibited therefore the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.

For more guidance please visit

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77)

Public Health England advises that the risk to the public’s health is very low. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers

Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Voluntary registration

You can choose to register fewer than 50 birds, or birds you keep as pets. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) encourages you to register even if you do not have to by law.

By registering,

  • APHA will be able to contact you if there’s a disease outbreak (such as bird flu) in your area
  • you’ll help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock

View the official Poster.

Remembrance Sunday

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Thank you to Lynn Bartlett for all her hard work in ensuring the memorial went smoothly.

Returning to School

Dear Students, Parents & Carers, As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Department for Education have issued guidance for transporting children and young people to school or college in September. Links to the guidance will be available on the DCC schools transport web pages

Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic

Footpath No 8 (Moretonhampstead)

(Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic) Order 2020

Fingle Bridge to Clifford Bridge

Dartmoor National Park Authority has made an Order in exercise of its powers under section 22BB(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as applied by the National Park Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure)(England) Regulations 2007, to prohibit through traffic on the following Public Footpath:

Footpath No 8 (Moretonhampstead) from SX 7431 8990 to SX 7802 8970

The Order will come into force on 1 September 2020 and will remain in effect for a maximum of 6 months or on completion of the works, whichever is sooner.  This restriction is necessary to enable essential forestry management operations to be carried out.

A copy of the Order is attached for your information.

Kind regards

Andrew Watson

Head of Access, Recreation & Estates Email:

Footpath No 16 (Lustleigh) and Bridleway No 14 (Lustleigh)

(Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic) Order 2020

Dartmoor National Park Authority has made an Order in exercise of its powers under section 22BB(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as applied by the National Park Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure)(England) Regulations 2007, to prohibit through traffic on the following rights of way:

Public Footpath No 16 from Grid Reference SX 7747 8085 to SX 7800 8005

Public Bridleway No 14 from Grid Reference SX 7800 8005 to SX 7834 8068

The Order will come into force on 1 September 2020 and will remain in effect for a maximum of 6 months or on completion of the works, whichever is sooner.  This restriction is necessary to enable essential forestry management operations to be carried out.

A copy of the Order is attached for your information.

Kind regards

Andrew Watson

Head of Access, Recreation & Estates


Wonderful Wildflowers

Have you seen the wonderful display of oxeye daisies, clover, and bird’s-foot trefoil along the verges at Chagford Cross?

The Parish Council have reduced the cutting of these as much as possible to leave lots of food and habitat for pollinators and hopefully lots of other wildlife.

Coronavirus Advice for Residents

The Parish Council has compiled some useful advice from local businesses, the Health Centre and local services.

Summer Flower Baskets

Summer has arrived! Court Street is looking amazing with its beautiful flower baskets lovingly put together by Teign Valley Nurseries. Thank you to Mary Jones for keeping them watered throughout the Summer.

Rural Skip Service

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic this service has been cancelled.

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